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Fawu warns of further tension in Cosatu

Cosatu leaders will meet today without the participation of 7 unions that are opposing Numsa's expulsion.

FILE: Fawu has warned that reinstating charges against Zwelinzima Vavi will deepen tensions within Cosatu. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) says the status of Zingiswa Losi as the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)'s second deputy president cannot be resolved at today's Central Executive Committee due to its constitutional nature and should rather be decided by the workers themselves.

Cosatu's senior leaders will meet today without the participation of seven unions that are opposing the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa)'s expulsion from the federation.

Numsa was voted out of Cosatu by 33 votes to 24 earlier this month and the decision has since exposed the rift between rival affiliates.

Seven unions have defended the metalworkers union and called for its reinstatement, while the rest have either remained silent or backed the decision to expel.

The meeting is also expected to address a disciplinary case against Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi although it's unclear if the charges will be reinstated.

Fawu general secretary Katishi Masemola says, "It's a constitutional issue. It must be resolved in line with Cosatu's constitution and its application."

The union warned Cosatu's national office bearers that a decision to reinstate disciplinary charges against Vavi will further deepen the crisis currently gripping the federation.

Masemola says unity is needed.

"Our advice is for people not to do things that will deepen the crisis that is there already. We need a fresher discussion on all matters that affect Cosatu's unity and cohesion."